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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938449/tsh-igf-1-receptor-cross-talk-rapidly-activates-extracellular-signal-regulated-kinases-in-multiple-cell-types
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Christine C Krieger, Joseph D Perry, Sarah J Morgan, George J Kahaly, Marvin C Gershengorn
We previously showed that TSH/IGF-1 receptor cross-talk appears to be involved in Graves' orbitopathy (GO) pathogenesis and up-regulation of thyroid-specific genes in human thyrocytes. In orbital fibroblasts from GO patients (GOFs), co-administration of TSH and IGF-1 induces synergistic increases in hyaluronan secretion. In human thyrocytes, TSH plus IGF-1 synergistically increased expression of sodium-iodide symporter that appeared to involve ERK1/2 activation. However, the details of ERK1/2 activation were not known nor whether ERK1/2 was involved in this synergism in other cell types...
August 11, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938326/progress-on-botulinum-toxin-type-a-induced-pain-relief-in-the-field-of-plastics
#2
Xiaona Lu, Guocheng Chen, Pengjie Ren, Yan Yang, Fei Fan
OBJECTIVE: To retrospectively evaluate the effectiveness of Botulinum Toxin Type A (BTX-A) injections relieve pain in the field of plastic surgery and postoperative rehabilitation, and discuss the analgesic mechanism of BTX- A in plastics and related research progress. METHODS: From appearance to September 1, 2016, PUBMED, EMBASE, and Web of Science were searched, using the key words related to "Botulinum Toxin Type A" and "Pain." Furtherly, nonplastic surgery-related literature was excluded by manual screening...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937681/primary-t-cells-for-mrna-mediated-immunotoxin-delivery
#3
R Eggers, A Philippi, M O Altmeyer, F Breinig, M J Schmitt
Immune cells become increasingly attractive as delivery system for immunotoxins in cancer therapy in order to reduce the intrinsic toxicity and severe side effects of chimeric protein toxins. In this study, we investigated the potential of human primary T cells to deliver a secreted immunotoxin through transient mRNA transfection. The chimeric protein toxin was directed towards the neovasculature of cancer cells by fusing a truncated version of Pseudomonas exotoxin A (PE38) to human vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and to the single chain variable fragment (scFv) of anti-Her2/neu...
September 22, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937656/characterization-of-diarrheagenic-escherichia-coli-isolated-in-organic-waste-products-cattle-fecal-matter-manure-and-slurry-from-cattle-s-markets-in-ouagadougou-burkina-faso
#4
Evariste Bako, Assèta Kagambèga, Kuan Abdoulaye Traore, Touwendsida Serge Bagre, Hadiza Bawa Ibrahim, Soutongnooma Caroline Bouda, Isidore Juste Ouindgueta Bonkoungou, Saidou Kaboré, Cheikna Zongo, Alfred Sababenejo Traore, Nicolas Barro
Cattle farming can promote diarrheal disease transmission through waste, effluents or cattle fecal matter. The study aims to characterize the diarrheagenic Escherichia coli (DEC) isolated from cattle feces, manure in the composting process and slurry, collected from four cattle markets in Ouagadougou. A total of 585 samples (340 cattle feces, 200 slurries and 45 manures in the composting process) were collected from the four cattle markets between May 2015 and May 2016. A multiplex Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), namely 16-plex PCR, was used to screen simultaneously the virulence genes specific for shiga toxin-producing E...
September 22, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937631/cellular-entry-of-the-diphtheria-toxin-does-not-require-the-formation-of-the-open-channel-state-by-its-translocation-domain
#5
Alexey S Ladokhin, Mauricio Vargas-Uribe, Mykola V Rodnin, Chiranjib Ghatak, Onkar Sharma
Cellular entry of diphtheria toxin is a multistage process involving receptor targeting, endocytosis, and translocation of the catalytic domain across the endosomal membrane into the cytosol. The latter is ensured by the translocation (T) domain of the toxin, capable of undergoing conformational refolding and membrane insertion in response to the acidification of the endosomal environment. While numerous now classical studies have demonstrated the formation of an ion-conducting conformation-the Open-Channel State (OCS)-as the final step of the refolding pathway, it remains unclear whether this channel constitutes an in vivo translocation pathway or is a byproduct of the translocation...
September 22, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937604/asymmetric-cryo-em-structure-of-anthrax-toxin-protective-antigen-pore-with-lethal-factor-n-terminal-domain
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Alexandra J Machen, Narahari Akkaladevi, Caleb Trecazzi, Pierce T O'Neil, Srayanta Mukherjee, Yifei Qi, Rebecca Dillard, Wonpil Im, Edward P Gogol, Tommi A White, Mark T Fisher
The anthrax lethal toxin consists of protective antigen (PA) and lethal factor (LF). Understanding both the PA pore formation and LF translocation through the PA pore is crucial to mitigating and perhaps preventing anthrax disease. To better understand the interactions of the LF-PA engagement complex, the structure of the LFN-bound PA pore solubilized by a lipid nanodisc was examined using cryo-EM. CryoSPARC was used to rapidly sort particle populations of a heterogeneous sample preparation without imposing symmetry, resulting in a refined 17 Å PA pore structure with 3 LFN bound...
September 22, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937586/monitoring-the-temporal-expression-of-genes-involved-in-ochratoxin-a-production-of-aspergillus-carbonarius-under-the-influence-of-temperature-and-water-activity
#7
Iliada K Lappa, Dimosthenis Kizis, Efstathios Z Panagou
The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of environmental factors, namely temperature and water activity, on genes involved in the regulation of ochratoxin A (OTA) production over time. For this purpose, the previously characterized toxigenic Aspergilluscarbonarius Ac29 isolate from Greek vineyards and the A. carbonarius ITEM 5010 reference strain were subjected to combined temperature and water activity (aw) treatments to study OTA production and relative gene expression. The fungal isolates were grown on a synthetic grape juice liquid medium (SGM) under different temperature (20 °C, 25 °C and 30 °C) and aw (0...
September 22, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937414/rheumatoid-arthritis-and-citrullination
#8
Erika Darrah, Felipe Andrade
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Dysregulated citrullination is a key element that drives the production and maintenance of antibodies to citrullinated proteins, a hallmark in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This article reviews recent literature on the origin of citrullinated antigens in RA. RECENT FINDINGS: The study of synovial fluid from patients with RA has provided important insights into the identity of citrullinated proteins that accumulate in the RA joint (the RA citrullinome) and mechanisms that control their generation...
September 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937260/the-effect-of-ht-2-toxin-on-ovarian-steroidogenesis-and-its-response-to-igf-i-leptin-and-ghrelin-in-rabbits
#9
A Kolesarova, N Maruniakova, A Kadasi, M Halenar, M Marak, A V Sirotkin
T-2 toxin and its metabolite HT-2 toxin are one of the most toxic mycotoxins of type A-trichothecenes, which are produced mainly by Fusarium species. Therefore, study of Fusarium toxins T-2 toxin and HT-2 toxin is an essential issue because they could also play role in failures of reproductive functions as well as endocrine system of domestic animals. Assessment of the effect of A-trichothecene mycotoxin HT-2 toxin alone or combined with insulin-like growth factor (IGF-I), leptin and ghrelin on estradiol secretion by rabbit ovarian fragments in vitro was done...
September 22, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937246/acrylamide-induced-changes-in-femoral-bone-microstructure-of-mice
#10
A Sarocka, R Babosova, V Kovacova, R Omelka, M Semla, E Kapusta, Z Goc, G Formicki, M Martiniakova
Acrylamide (AA) is one of the most common toxins in foods. Its effect on bone microstructure has not been investigated. The aim of our study was to analyse the impact of acute exposure to AA on femoral bone microstructure in mice. Adult animals were treated perorally with 2 doses of AA (E1 group, 1 mg/kg b.w.) in a 24-hour period and with 3 doses of AA (E2 group, 1 mg/kg b.w.) in a 48 hour period. Mice exposed to AA had smaller sizes of primary osteon's vascular canals. Secondary osteons were significantly smaller in mice from E2 group; however their increased number (from 38 % to 77 %) was identified in both E1 and E2 groups...
September 22, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936381/anal-canal-gas-gangrene-in-aplastic-anaemia-rare-yet-lethal-entity-a-caveat
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Sundaramurthi Sudharsanan, Chellappa Vijayakumar, Kumar Manish, T P Elamurugan, Ali S Manwar
Gas gangrene is one of the most serious infections of traumatic and surgical wounds. The importance lies in the fact that, if not managed at the right time, the condition is fatal. Though perianal cellulitis and gangrene are commonly reported in immunocompromised patients, we report the case of a patient with gas gangrene involving only the anal canal extending to the rectum, a rare presentation to be reported in literature.  An 18-year-old lady, a patient of aplastic anaemia - immunodeficiency, developed gas gangrene of the anal canal possibly due to faecal contamination of anal fissures...
July 13, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935987/toward-the-identification-of-a-type-i-toxin-antitoxin-system-in-the-plasmid-dna-of-dairy-lactobacillus-rhamnosus
#12
Claudia Folli, Alessia Levante, Riccardo Percudani, Davide Amidani, Stefania Bottazzi, Alberto Ferrari, Claudio Rivetti, Erasmo Neviani, Camilla Lazzi
Plasmids carry genes that give bacteria beneficial traits and allow them to survive in competitive environments. In many cases, they also harbor toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems necessary for plasmid maintenance. TA systems are generally characterized by a stable "toxin", a protein or peptide capable of killing the cell upon plasmid loss and by an unstable "antitoxin", a protein or a non-coding RNA that inhibits toxin activity. Here we report data toward the identification of a RNA-regulated TA system in the plasmid DNA of L...
September 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935799/interacting-amino-acid-replacements-allow-poison-frogs-to-evolve-epibatidine-resistance
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Rebecca D Tarvin, Cecilia M Borghese, Wiebke Sachs, Juan C Santos, Ying Lu, Lauren A O'Connell, David C Cannatella, R Adron Harris, Harold H Zakon
Animals that wield toxins face self-intoxication. Poison frogs have a diverse arsenal of defensive alkaloids that target the nervous system. Among them is epibatidine, a nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) agonist that is lethal at microgram doses. Epibatidine shares a highly conserved binding site with acetylcholine, making it difficult to evolve resistance yet maintain nAChR function. Electrophysiological assays of human and frog nAChR revealed that one amino acid replacement, which evolved three times in poison frogs, decreased epibatidine sensitivity but at a cost of acetylcholine sensitivity...
September 22, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935774/immunotherapy-a-new-and-old-approach-to-treatment-of-soft-tissue-and-bone-sarcomas
#14
REVIEW
Michael J Nathenson, Anthony P Conley, Edward Sausville
Soft tissue and bone sarcomas are a rare and heterogeneous form of cancer. With standard of care treatment options including surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, the long-term survival is still low for high-risk soft tissue sarcoma patients. New treatment strategies are needed. Immunotherapy offers a new potential treatment paradigm with great promise. Immunotherapy of soft tissue sarcomas dates back to Dr. Coley's first use of toxins in the late 1800s. A variety of strategies of immunotherapy have been tried in soft tissue and bone sarcomas, including various vaccines and cytokines, with limited success...
September 21, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935755/leptin-induces-sca-1-progenitor-cell-migration-enhancing-neointimal-lesions-in-vessel-injury-mouse-models
#15
Yao Xie, Claire M F Potter, Alexandra Le Bras, Witold N Nowak, Wenduo Gu, Shirin Issa Bhaloo, Zhongyi Zhang, Yanhua Hu, Li Zhang, Qingbo Xu
OBJECTIVE: Leptin is an adipokine initially thought to be a metabolic factor. Recent publications have shown its roles in inflammation and vascular disease, to which Sca-1(+) vascular progenitor cells within the vessel wall may contribute. We sought to elucidate the effects of leptin on Sca-1(+) progenitor cells migration and neointimal formation and to understand the underlying mechanisms. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Sca-1(+) progenitor cells from the vessel wall of Lepr(+/+) and Lepr(-/)(-) mice were cultured and purified...
September 21, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935752/erratum-for-halpin-et-al-finished-whole-genome-sequences-of-clostridium-butyricum-toxin-subtype-e4-and-clostridium-baratii-toxin-subtype-f7-strains
#16
Jessica L Halpin, Karen Hill, Shannon L Johnson, David Carlton Bruce, T Brian Shirey, Janet K Dykes, Carolina Lúquez
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 21, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935743/genome-sequence-for-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-o26-h11-associated-with-a-cluster-of-hemolytic-uremic-syndrome-cases-in-south-africa-2017
#17
Anthony M Smith, Kalule J Bosco, Mark P Nicol, Jackie Kleynhans, Mignon McCulloch, Sanelisiwe T Duze, Arshad Ismail, Mushal Allam, Nomsa P Tau, Karen H Keddy
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) strains are primarily foodborne pathogens that may cause diarrheal outbreaks and are associated with severe complications, specifically hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS). We report here genome sequence data for STEC O26:H11, which is associated with a cluster of cases of HUS, a rarely described syndrome in South Africa.
September 21, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935499/hepatotoxicity-of-fusariotoxins-alone-and-in-combination-towards-the-heparg-human-hepatocyte-cell-line
#18
Marie-Caroline Smith, Nolwenn Hymery, Samuel Troadec, Audrey Pawtowski, Emmanuel Coton, Stéphanie Madec
While the reality of mycotoxin co-occurrence in food commodities is now established, their effects in mixtures are not well studied. The present study investigated the individual and combined effects of deoxynivalenol (DON), nivalenol (NIV), T-2 toxin (T2), fumonisin B1 (FB1), zearalenone (ZEA) and moniliformin (MON) fusariotoxins on cell viability and cell death mechanisms in proliferating HepaRG cells, a human derived liver cell line. In addition, DON-ZEA being one of the most widespread mycotoxin mixtures in grains worldwide, its effect on the expression levels of genes encoding for sets of hepatocyte-specific functions was studied...
September 18, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935494/-an-atypical-case-of-necrotizing-staphylococcal-pneumonia
#19
E Bertreau, S Grard, T Baudry, N Freymond
INTRODUCTION: Some strains of Staphylococcus aureus produce a toxin known as Panton-Valentine leukocidin. These strains notably cause a necrotizing pneumonia which is associated with a high mortality. OBSERVATION: A 70-year-old woman presented with sub-acute onset dyspnea, low-grade fever, and hemoptysis after a trip to Dubai and New Zealand. Computed tomography showed bilateral necrotizing pneumonia, suggesting the diagnosis of pneumonia caused by S. aureus producing Panton-Valentine toxin...
September 18, 2017: Revue des Maladies Respiratoires
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935476/-botulinum-toxin-an-important-complement-for-facial-rejuvenation-surgery
#20
C Le Louarn
The improved understanding of the functional anatomy of the face and of the action of the botulinum toxin A leads us to determine a new injection procedure which consequently decreases the risk of eyebrow and eyelid ptosis and increases the toxin's injection possibilities and efficiencies. With less units of toxin, the technique herein described proposes to be more efficient on more muscles: variable toxin injections concentration adapted to each injected muscle are used. Thanks to a new procedure in the upper face, toxin A injection can be quite close to an endoscopic surgical action...
September 18, 2017: Annales de Chirurgie Plastique et Esthétique
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